If you are walking down the street today and you happen to see a teenager around, take a good look at their face. Chances are, it will only take you a few seconds to evaluate whether they are A: using all available restraint to keep from doing cartwheels up and down the street, or B: crying inside because they haven’t finished their final exams yet. In short, it is almost the summer for many of our sons and daughters enrolled in high school or college, and before long there will be many more young drivers on the road throughout the day.
Car accidents are the leading cause of teen deaths in the United States, and this particular demographics’ lack of experience makes them especially vulnerable to risk taking and distracted driving accidents. Last year, teenagers’ accounted for nearly 3,000 car accident fatalities, and roughly 282,000 drivers under the age of 20 were treated in various emergency rooms. Speaking more generally, this enhanced risk isn’t unique to teens alone.
Young drivers between 15 and 24 years of age make up only 14% of our nation’s population, but account for $19 billion, or 30%, of total motor vehicle injury costs among males, and $7 billion (28%) among females. One of the most hazardous tendencies is that of teenagers and young adults overestimating their driving ability, or simply being unable to properly evaluate the consequences of their actions due to lack of experience behind the wheel. This makes these individuals more likely to speed, make sudden maneuvers, and be distracted by other people within their car than any other sample population. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
Our firm shares more than 150 years of legal and medical experience between our 17 attorneys, and we have seen of the devastating affects of hundreds of serious car accident injuries since our firm was founded in 1992. We know that the excessive speeds and distractions that characterize teenage driving accidents can leave victims with debilitating and life changing injuries, making people feel like they have no where to turn. Our lawyers believe that every time someone gets behind the wheel of a car, they accept responsibility for the safety of themselves and everyone around them, and their actions should reflect this.
We are in the business of ensuring that if someone is killed or injured by the negligent or reckless actions of another party, they will never be left on the hook for the extensive medical bills and insurance costs that follow. In a recent case, our lawyers recovered a $6.5 million settlement for the family of a 32-year-old woman killed after her vehicle was rear-ended by a semi-truck. Although we know that no amount of money could ever fill the void left by a lost family member, this money is essential to allowing victims and families to make final arrangements, and pay their medical for future medical bills and insurance.
We hope you are never put in a position in which a reckless driver has injured yourself or someone you know, but if that day ever comes, know that you always have someone to turn to.